noun, plural sum·mons·es.
- a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
- the writ by which the call is made.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of summons
OTHER WORDS FROM summonsnon·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
Words nearby summons
Example sentences from the Web for summons
They were more likely to receive jury summonses by mail because many didn’t move as frequently as lower-income renters, whose jury notices often went to outdated addresses.It's a 'Nightmare Being Replayed' as a Cop Faces Trial in George Floyd's Death|Janell Ross|March 18, 2021|Time
About 45 minutes past our interview time, the studio flack summons me.
They say, ‘If we catch you out there, we’re going to write you a summons.
The cops brought the same charge of simple assault in releasing Palmer with Complaint-Summons 000728.Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His 'Kindness' Anti-Bullying Wristband|Michael Daly|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On July 8, a summons was sent to Zhang alerting her to the lawsuit, and on July 11, Nan Shi lost her job.
This summons all the proximate Beyoncé voters, as we reply in a full-throated roar, “ALLLLLL THE SINGLE LAAAAADIES!”
While Louis was reading these dispatches, he received a summons from Elizabeth, to attend her immediately.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
She had sent away her attendants, bolted the door against her mother, and sat waiting her summons.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
I am cast down by grief at this evil news, and the summons from Court has brought me in all haste from Milan.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Her gentle summons was answered by a tall powdered footman in blue and silver livery.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
Vergniaud, notwithstanding the terrific agitations of the hour, immediately attended the summons of Madame Roland.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for summons
noun plural -monses
- an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
- the writ making such an orderCompare warrant